By TSB Staff
Chris Hill has tendered his resignation of a leadership position in the Boy Scouts of America following the organization’s recent decision to accept openly gay members.
Hill, Collin County Commissioner, issued a release announcing his decision following what he described as “a major policy shift.” Hill had been Chairman of the Lone Star District of the Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
His statement is printed in full below:
“It was with great disappointment that I received the news today that the national council of the Boy Scouts of America voted to change the membership standards that have guided the organization for over a century. It was my sincere hope that the executive leaders of the BSA would heed the call and the prayers of the scouting family throughout the country, the great majority of whom spoke with clarity and resolve in their opposition to the change. I am grieved and dismayed that the BSA has abandoned the 103-year legacy of its founder to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices.
“As a consequence of the decision today, and with a heavy heart, I can no longer in good conscience continue to support the organization as a district or council leader. It has been my pleasure to devote my time, talent & treasure to the Scouting movement. I am proud of my record of volunteer service to Scouting, and my experience as an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. However, effective immediately, I am resigning from my leadership position as Chairman of the Lone Star District of the Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America.”
Hill had recently spoken out against the Boy Scouts’ contemplating making the decision it ultimately made.